A study group of seven residents appointed to consider plans for a new police station has concluded its work and sent its recommendations for consideration by the Board of Aldermen next week.
The unanimous recommendations of the study group include:
A statement expressing the City of Grain Valley needs to build a new police station now. The group cited the current station is beyond capacity and does not meet current building requirements, and a new station is needed to recruit and retain officers.
The new facility needs to be at least 22,000 square feet to meet future needs for decades to come.
The city should support the floor plan and space utilization features of the architect's primary concept, which was based on police department and community input. Initial drawings were on view at a December 14th open house event.
The facility must be able to expand in place to offer long-term solution for the projected growth of the community.
The group also outlined a list of interior and exterior features as well as construction considerations they believed should be included in the design. (See PDF of recommendation letter below for full detail).
The study group recommended the city plan for a $14 million project budget to design, construct, furnish and equip the facility.
The group also stated the location should be central to Grain Valley and be placed on city owned property to minimize costs.
The Board of Aldermen will meet Monday, January 10th at 7:00pm at City Hall.
A virtual tour of the current police station facility is provided on the City's website for residents to view. Source: City of Grain Valley (YouTube)
The recommendation letter sent to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen following the study group's final meeting on January 4th. Document provided by City of Grain Valley.